Thunder Snow led all the way to win the Prix Jean Prat (G1) for 3-year-old colts and fillies July 9 at Chantilly.
Trais Flours, the narrow favorite, tracked the moderate pace and was left with a bit too much to do in the final furlong. He chased valiantly to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths back. Gold Luck and Turf Laurel came in third and fourth, respectively. Lightupthenight dwelt badly and was never in contention in the five-horse race.
Thunder Snow, with jockey Christophe Soumillon up, completed the one mile over good turf in 1:38.78, without much need to hurry things along. He picked up his second group 1 win, following the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, which completed his 2-year-old campaign.
The Darley-bred, Godolphin-owned colt by Helmet opened his 2017 campaign in Dubai, where he won the UAE Two Thousand Guineas Sponsored By District One Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City (G3) and the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan. From that effort, he was regarded widely as Godolphin's best-ever chance to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), but reared and bucked at the start of that race and was pulled up by Soumillon.
Neither Soumillon nor trainer Saeed bin Suroor has been able to explain the colt's behavior in Louisville and he subsequently behaved well enough to finish second to Churchill in the Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas (G1) at the Curragh in May and third behind Barney Roy and Lancaster Bomber in the St James's Palace Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot.
In the day's co-feature at Chantilly, Ibiza stepped way up in class to upset the Morocco Cup Prix Chloe (G3) for 3-year-old fillies. With jockey Stephane Pasquier up, Ibiza took over the lead from Monroe Bay in the final furlong and won by three-quarters of a length over her, with Dallas Affair another half-length back in third. Favored Wajnah finished last of seven.
Ibiza, a daughter of Redoute's Choice out of the Kingmambo mare Olga Prekasa, made her fourth start in two months and entered the Morocco Cup Prix Chloe off a second-place finish in a listed event at Compiegne. Trainer Nicolas Clement said Ibiza will be ticketed for a group 2 at Deauville in August.